The Sinister Pig
Sergeant Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police is troubled by the nameless corpse discovered just inside his jurisdiction, at the edge of the Jicarilla Apache natural gas field. More troubling still is the FBI's insistence that the Bureau take over the case, calling the unidentifiedvictim's death... show more
Sergeant Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police is troubled by the nameless corpse discovered just inside his jurisdiction, at the edge of the Jicarilla Apache natural gas field. More troubling still is the FBI's insistence that the Bureau take over the case, calling the unidentifiedvictim's death a "hunting accident." But if a hunter was involved, Chee knows the prey was intentionally human. This belief is shared by the "Legendary Lieutenant" Joe Leaphorn, who once again is pulled out of retirement by the possibility of serious wrongs being committed against the Navajo nation by the Washington bureaucracy. Yet it is former policewoman Bernadette Manuelito, recently relocated to Customs Patrol at the U.S. -- Mexico border, who possibly holds the key to a fiendishly twisted conspiracy of greed, lies, and murder -- and whose only hope for survival now rests in the hands of friends too far away for comfort.
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: October 26th 2004
Pages no: 318
Edition language: English
Series: Navajo Mysteries (#16)
This novel starts off with Navajo Tribal Police sergeant Jim Chee finding a corpse in tribal lands near a natural gas field. The FBI is trying to take over the case, saying that it was a hunting accident. Joining Chee on the case is the familiar characters of Joe Leaphorn and Bernadette Manuelito....
I normally enjoy Mr. Hillerman's works, and have a collection I like to return to over and over. This one, sadly, went straight into the box to go to the used book store. The editing was so horrible as to be a joke. It makes one wonder if his writing has always been this bad, and some UberEditor has...
Overly complex. Felt like an attempt to update the series and infusing with Mexican border issues, Senate committees and drugs. Not nearly enough landscape. An attempt at multiple perspectives again, which was used to create tension and move the plot forward, since solving the murder wasn't possibl...
In this late installment in the series, Jim Chee and Bernie Manuelito finally break the ice after dancing around each other for the last few books. That's probably of more significance to fans of the Leaphorn/Chee series than the plot, which is a fairly tedious one about drug smuggling and stolen oi...
The narrator tried hard but he didn't do a very good job with the women's voices and that kind of threw off the whole book. I love these mysteries with just a slight touch of romance. I love how in depth the author goes into the Indian culture.